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SOUTHSEA was filled with the smells of culinary delights as hundreds of people embraced the return of a popular food festival.

The Southsea Food Festival took place in Palmerston Road over the weekend.

The Southsea Food Festival gets under way in the Palmerston Precinct Southsea. Susan and Colin Stockdale from Southsea enjoy lunch in the open.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (132025-5)

The Southsea Food Festival gets under way in the Palmerston Precinct Southsea. Susan and Colin Stockdale from Southsea enjoy lunch in the open.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132025-5)

Food was on offer from a variety of countries including Thailand, China, Spain and Turkey.

Steve Pitt, chair of the Portsmouth Culture Partnership, said: ‘I think it’s been a fantastic day. We’ve had perfect weather. It’s been absolutely heaving down here.

‘Lots of the stalls that are provided here are provided by people that have restaurants and businesses in the area.

‘So it’s a brilliant opportunity for them to bring the inside outside and interact with a wider audience.

‘You can sample lots of different things. Every single aspect of food is represented down here this weekend.’

Tommy Peters is manager of Sopranos in Palmerston Road.

He said: ‘It’s great to promote our restaurant. We get to meet lots of new customers.

‘It’s great to see lots of other local restaurants. It’s a good weekend. I really enjoy it.

‘Down here this is all independent businesses involved so it’s all people in the community serving the local community. It’s got to be a good thing.’

There was live music playing, and many people were sat outside enjoying drinks from local bars.

Maheva Butchart is general manager of Koh Thai Tapas in Kings Road, Southsea.

She added: ‘It’s really busy. It’s our first time here and we didn’t realise it was going to be this busy. It’s nice to see all the other local businesses as well.’